Thangka with brocade border 36 x 28 inches (91 x 71cm)
Thangka without brocade border 18 x 14 inches (46 x 36cm)
Please inquire if you wish to order without the brocade border.
Once in the distant past there was a prince known as Choeke Jungne. From an early age he was filled with a profound wish to reach the higher consciousness of an enlightened being, and acting upon his inclination to practice the Dharma, he renounced his kingdom to seek teachings from the Buddha of that age. He prayed to the Buddha to manifest a pure land where beings could pursue the path of Dharma without obstacles, and the Buddha answered his prayer.
Filled with meadows and lush forests, the realm of Dewachen is said to be free from worldly sorrows and their causes, a realm where everyone walks on the path of Dharma without hindrance. Amitayus, meaning lord of boundless life, attained full enlightenment in the realm of his prayer. It is said that he made a vow that any being who utters his name with sincerity as few as ten times will be reborn in his realm. Amitayus is also known as a deity of longevity and is worshipped to prevent untimely death.
Amitayus is depicted here red-hued and sitting cross-legged, adorned with golden ornaments. He is seated on a great lotus flower and his hair flows on the sides of his shoulders. On his head is a golden crown anointed with five precious stones while in his hands he carries a vase filled with nectar.
Each thangka is created using traditional methods and strictly adhering to the proportions of deities as they are laid down in Buddhist scripture. Our appliqu̩éd thangkas are created using hundreds of hand-cut and embroidered pieces of satin and brocade silk, stitched together with Mongolian horsetail. Each piece is witness to a unique tradition that survives intact to this day.
The thangka comes framed in a traditional silk brocade border.
Learn more about thangka appliqué at Norbulingka here.